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. it is a historic day for president obama and for the people of myanmar, as it transitions towards democracy. during the first visit by a sitting u.s. president, mr. obama pledged that the u.s. will be friends with any nation that respects its people's rights and international law. nbc political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd is traveling with the president. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, veronica. the president was only here on the ground for 12 hours, the first american president to visit myanmar, the country formerly known as burma. he was greeted by a sea of locals. some of it was spontaneous, some very organized. school-aged children in school uniforms waved the american flag and the myanmar flag. the president met with the official leadership here, played tourist, visiting a famous buddhist attraction here, a 2,000-year-old temple. he also went to aung san suu kyi's house, democracy activist who was under house arrest here in this country for years. the president went to her house, had a few words with her. but the centerpiece of his visit was a
mitchell, the diplomacy for president obama about to start a second term with all of the problems in the middle east. he's in bangkok this morning. he talked about his support for israel. >> there's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. so we are fully supportive of israel's right to defend itself from missiles landing on people's homes. and workplaces and potentially killing civilians. and we will continue to support israel's right to defend itself. >> so let's talk about how the president is working this right now, andrea. >> well, working this by trying to persuade the president of egypt to please pull back and pressure hamas for a cease-fire. that is where the action is. the arab spring is what changed all of this. all of the elements that tom just addressed were, you know, completely transformed by the fact that you have morsi and not mubarak. so you don't have a reliable dictator or leader in egypt whom the united states can do military to military and diplomat relations with. you have an islamist muslim broth
. chris: let's give the democratic response which was the last 1 years under bush and obama because we continue the bush tax rates. the rich have been fat and happy and have done pretty well. is it time for them to pay something? >> i didn't say that. but for the president to say down the line we'll do the rest, wrong. do it now. one of the things that might be discussed is raising the limit right now, you pay social security at $113,000 a year, and if you raise that to $200,000 a year or $300,000 a year that you keep paying social security. chris: and medicare. >> and medicare. that that might be the kind of -- chris: i heard that argument. it's a liberal argument but a good one because it does address income -- >> exactly. chris: it makes the rich pay a little more. when we come back, scoops and predictions from the notebooks when we come back, scoops and predictions from the notebooks of these top secondhand smoke affects everyone's health. it's not just irritating. it can cause heart disease and even death. speak up about secondhand smoke. your health and the health of your family
obama this week. ceos of a dozen of america's largest companies met with the president and warned that washington must reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the president also sat down with congressional leaders and officially began negotiations. if congress doesn't act taxes on income, dividends and estates will go up and spending cuts will kick in january 1st. this week, i spoke to allen simpson ander skis bowl subpoeimpson anders skin bowls. >> you can't spend or grow your way out of. this grab hold it will be a rocky road. >> you say closing the loopholes alone brings a trillion. >> if you are willing to wipe out all of them and that may not be feasible but you can broaden the base, simplifying the code. >> you are worried we are not going to get a deal. that is how i felt. >> i think there is one-third probability we will get a probability in lame duck and one third we will go over the cliff and reach a deal right afterwards but there is a one-third chance that we won't and we will end up in chaos. >> for weeks and months we felt no one could be dumb enough to see it would
appears to be growing and president obama defended israel's right to defend itself. nbc's brian moore has the latest.
in myanmar earlier today. president obama is the first sitting american president to visit that country. the obama administration strongly supports democratic reforms there. the president is meeting with myanmar's reformist president and advocates. >>> today was the anniversary of the jonestown massacre. for the first time family members could gather at an official permanent memorial. in a brief service at oakland's evergreen ceremony, they unveiled four stone panels engraved with the names of all who kind november 18th, 1978. not everyone is happy about one name, james jones. jones is the san francisco minister responsibility for the mass suicide in guyana. >> horrific. we lived that tragedy. my family. many people never got over it and now we have to see the insult. >> mof the survivors see the memorial as a critical step in healing. more than 400 jonestown victims are buried at ever green. it was the only cemetery in the united states to accept the bodies. for decades it was marked by one granite stone. >>> in the aftermath of hurricane sandy vice president biden is assuring people i
. >>> overseas, president obama is making history today becoming the first commander in chief visiting myanmar. for decades, it was ruled by a military hunta, but as chuck todd reports, the president met with the new prime minister and long time democracy activist. >> reporter: the president wrapped up an historic visits here. 20 hours on the ground in myanmar. the first president to visit this president. he is now in cambodia. he was here and greeted by throngs of people. the president used his time here to try to motivate the current president to continue the reforms. he was sure to spotlight aung san suu kyi. he visited her house and this house is where she was under house arrest for years. the two of them made brief remarks and the president was off to yanggong university. he talked about why it was time for a u.s. president to visit myanmar. to open the door of joining myanmar community. he presented challenges for myanmar. he used stories of the american story and evolution of american democracy as evolution. >> the road ahead is marked by huge challenges. there will be those who resist
community. now president obama makes this historic trip, becoming the first u.s. president to visit myanmar, country formerly known as burma. a rousing welcome for the president. a sea of people eager to catch a glimpse of the motorcade. uniformed school children waving u.s. and myanmar flags for miles. a red carpet welcome. mr. obama made an unannounced stop, a 2,000 year old holy site, center of buddhaism. a monk led them in a ceremonial pouring of water over the head of a buddha statue. then it was off to aung san suu kyi's house, where the activist lived under house arrest for years. >> i would like to say how happy i am to receive president obama in my country and in my house. >> reporter: later, the president formally addressed the people of myanmar in a speech at a university where he justified his trip to this not yet free country. >> i sent a message to those governments that ruled by fear. i said in my inauguration address we will extend a hand if you're willing to unclench your fist. under the president, the desire for change has been met by agenda for reform. so today i've come
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